Gold King Mine and Ghost Town
At one point the Gold King Mine produced 3 million pounds of copper per month. As part of the city of Jerome, which is now the largest ghost town in North America, the mine has an astonishing number of artifacts left as reminders of a past so different from our present.
There is something about ghost towns that fascinates me. They seem to be frozen in time, and they allow my imagination to go crazy as I look around and visualize a life lived so long ago but just as real as my own.
Most of the buildings near the Gold King Mine were built quickly and meant to be temporary. But here they stand, over 100 years later. After World War Two, the demand for copper decreased and the Gold King Mine closed down by the late 1950’s. Only about 50 people remained in Jerome at that time, but they worked together to promote the preservation of Jerome and the Gold King Mine as a piece of history.